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Gifts for Girls: Aquabeads

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Aquabeads make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas. Most girls like crafting and making things and it’s even better when it’s all about well known characters such as Disney.

Aquabeads sets come in all sizes and themes and involve placing tiny coloured beads onto clear trays over stencils. The beads contain a special coating which enables them to stick firmly together once water is applied. The sets come with enough beads to make all of the templates and refill bead packs can be purchased later.

Our Finding Dory Aquabead set enabled the making of Dory, Nemo and the octopus which I have no idea of its name. This was the first time that Izebella took it upon herself to make her own aquabead design alone and with zero help from any of us and she has not long turned five.

I was quite surprised at just how fast she did it with zero mistakes or frustration. It usually takes me much longer when I try and that’s with beads constantly popping out of place which is extremely annoying.

The Finding Dory set costs approximately £15 and comes with 3 template sheets, bead palette, design table, bead pen, water sprayer and hundreds of coloured beads.

Gifts for teens: wall racer

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So teens are probably the hardest people to buy for and most definitely the teenage boy; mine being no exception. I thought it may be a good idea to list a few gifts that many teens (and boys in particular) may just be happy with.

I’m beginning with one from one of my favourite gift store – Hawkins Bazaar.

This is the wall racer and a gift that I expect to be popular with most males, whether young or old. Of course it’s a car, of some sort and so instantly a big hit with the men. There will of course be a few females who like this sort of thing too. I didn’t want to seem one sided by saying it’s just for the lads.

It actually looks more like some sort of space craft or a car of the distant future than an everyday car. And it’s no normal RC car either as this beauty literally climbs the walls. Yes it’s fast and rapid and glides the walls and moves along the ceilings. How? I have no idea, tho I can only assume it’s all to do with some sort of gravity technology.

Well I guess it’s not classed as the “gravity defying car” for nothing. Oh it moves along the floor too, just like any other RC car would, but you’d find it hard to find a similar priced vehicle that moves like this one. It has some sort of powerful suction that enables it to stick to walls and ceilings whilst still being able to move at speed. I’m baffled by it, we all are. However I put down strict rules whilst playing with this. No playing in newly decorated rooms, it may wreck the wallpaper (untested), no playing whilst pets are about and careful around Izebella and younger children in the house as it’s so fast.

With this space style car, you do get a choice of red or blue. You need 6 AA batteries to power it. The stronger batteries are highly recommended here. For £15 I don’t think anyone can grumble when you take into account what this can do and how much normal RC vehicles can cost. It’s a small car but comes with so much power.

Slither.io toys 

Published November 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Slither.io remains huge gaming phenomenon and YouTuber hit, 60% wotg British children 0-14 year olds. The game can be download and 124 million games are played a month in the UK.

 New to the UK, the Slither.io toys are an instant hit! A collection of bendy, squashy and furry snake like toys. 


I’m thinking these may be the new playground collectibles. They come in lots of colours and patterns and like many collectible figures, even blind bags too.


Bend them, wiggle them, hug them, squeeze them. They don’t really do all that much to be honest but my 5 year old seems to love them. I think her favourite is the squishy slither. 


This one reminds me a bit of a stress ball, very squashy and squishy and then it returns to its normal shape.

The Slither.io game app is free and the toys and very inexpensive ranging from £3.99 to £10.99 from most good toy stores. These make cheap stocking fillers and gifts and seem to be very appealing to youngsters. 

Blogger board game club: Codenames 

Published November 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As part of the Blogger board game club, I am sent regular family games to test and try out. I really enjoy being a part of it as not only does it give us the opportunity to try out the games but also that bit of family time without the technology or phones to distract us.

Last month we played The Colt Express. I found this quite a difficult game to get my head around. Far too many rules and things to do. This months game is soooo much simpler.


This is Codenames. It’s a small compact box. No board, no batteries, no dice and no playing pieces. But lots of cards.



These are the Codename cards. There are hundreds but only 25 are played at once. Each card is double sided and each word is meant to be the name of an agent.

These are the agent cards! The bottom card is the assassin and the one card that we don’t want to see whilst playing, the two above him are innocent bystander cards. Yes you guessed it. The game is themed around spies and secret agents.


These are the keycards! Ever played battleships or mastermind? Well there are a few similarities with this game.

The codename cards need aligning as above in 5 rows of 5. It’s best as a team hand but we have our our own unique way of playing with 3 of us.

If playing in teams of two, one becomes the spymaster and the other a field operative. The spymaster takes a keycard (as above) each square on the keycard is a position of the code cards, each colour relates to either a red or blue agent, a bystander or the assassin. This sounds complicated so this picture may show it better.

See the top row on the keycard now matches the top code card row. It’s all about finding the agents on your colour team. This is done by the spymaster giving one word clues on the code card names. For example if the spymaster said – animal 4. This indicates 4 words relating to animals which would be – dinosaur, cat, turkey and bear. Now these answers won’t all be for the correct team. Field players tap the answers one by one. A correct guess means a spy card replaces the word. Am incorrect guess means a card for the other team or a bystander which then stops anymore guesses for that round. The assassin card ends the game.

The winning team has to place all their spy cards over their words.

It is actually a very easy game to master. I would say the most difficult part can be thinking up the one word clues to guess some of the codenames.

As there are usually only 3 of us playing here, we do change the rules slightly. One of us will be a be a neutral spymaster. The other two players will be red and blue (solo). The neutral spymaster will the only one giving the clues to both players. This works really well as we then take turns to be spymasters and field operatives.

Codenames costs between £14.00 – £20.00 from most good toy stores.

Project Mc2 spy journal

Published November 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you have a young girl who loves secret diaries and also likes the Project Mc2 franchise then this spy journal may just be her thing.


It’s different to the traditional diaries as it contains so much more. It comes with an Nov8 Missions book, invisible ink pen, “nerdy” bracelet, and also has hidden compartments.


The bracelet is used to open up and unlock the journal, and no worries if my girl loses the bracelet because it can also be opened via a secret button too, tho we best not tell her nosey brother that.

The invisible ink pen uses the black light technology to display text and images in the journal, only when the special pen is shone onto the pages.


The journal is interactive, it requires batteries and when opened will give various greetings and messages. There is also an app but this is only for Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, ipod etc). The app isn’t really needed, the journal can be used without it and it’s just an added extra feature.

The notebook contains chemistry element tables which really come in useful when learning about science. There are also several stickers and space to write own notes. 


 This journal costs between £18-£25 depending on where it’s bought from and seems fine for girls ages 7 and over. It’s a place to write secrets whilst also learning some science.


Cartamundi card games

Published November 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Card games come in many different varieties. They make fun easy quick games to play and best of all, they come in small handy packages meaning they are easy to store and easy to take away on holidays too.

We have been sent some kids card games from Cartamundi and Shuffle card games.

 The Cartamundi fundels cards are aimed at young learners and pre-school/early years.
 


These play and learn games include numbers, letters and colours with shapes. 

Izebella has the colours and shapes cards.

The game comes with scenery cards and transparent cards and the idea is to match the transparent cards with the scenery to create a new scene whilst learning about various colours and shapes in our world.

By beginning with the blue background card, a simple everyday scene can be created with clouds and a tree.
 



There are lots of combinations and shapes and colours to see. I did think, with Izebella being five that it may be a bit too young for her, but she seems to enjoy coming up with new card combinations. The age guide on the box is 4+, and it does help her with learning when not at school. 

 For a slightly older girl is a My Little Pony gem matching card game.

This game is aimed at children five and over. 

Jordanna feels she is too old to play, but Izebella again loves it. She is actually going through a My little pony phase at the moment where she wants everything pony themed. 


This game is all about matching pony gems. Each player picks which pony they want to be. That pony has a gem assigned to it and the idea is to match up the gem pieces on the cards. Each card contains several half gems which need other half gems joining up. It sounds really confusing but it’s not.
 


See how the gems all match (except one that is?). At the end of the game, when all the cards are down, the full gems get counted and the winner is the one with the most full gems. Again it’s all about shape and colour matching, just like the fundels game but slightly more difficult.

 Finally and something a bit different is the Cartamagic set.
 

Ryan loves anything magic, so was quite thrilled with this. The size of it means no big boxes full of stuff to worry about losing. It all comes inside one handy tin. There are various card tricks to learn and even mentalism cards similar to what are used by some psychics. Also links to website and various videos showing step by step instructions to most of the tricks.


 These card games make excellent stocking filler gifts. Small and compact, minimum storage needed as they come in their own tough boxes or tins. They provide lots of family fun whilst also learning. Available online, in many toy stores and on Amazon.

Tomy: Greedy Granny

Published October 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Greedy Granny is so greedy. She takes all the biscuits away and keeps them on her tray, all to herself. But Granny gets tired and falls asleep, meaning children get a chance to steal Grannies biscuits. 


Players take a turn each to spin the spinner.  Then they either miss a go, or try to steal the biscuits. The number on the spinner indicates how many times the Granny button must be pressed. 


But beware, as one of those button pushes will eventually wake Granny up, who won’t be happy that everyone is trying to get the biscuits. She will jump up, raise her arms and her false teeth come flying out along with the tray and whatever biscuits are on it. 


Should Greedy Granny wake up on your turn then all your stolen biscuits go back to Grannies tray. 

To win, you need one of each of the four different biscuits. 

This reminds me a bit of buckaroo but uses a granny and biscuits as opposed to a horse. It’s one of those games that keeps us on edge because none of us know when granny will wake up and it can be quite a scare when she does. Spinning a 3 button push increases the risk of granny jumping up,  but she can literally pop up any time, it’s a matter of luck. 

Izebella is quite wary about pressing Grannies button. I don’t think she enjoys the whole suspense at all. 

Greedy Granny, from Tomy Toys is for ages 5 and over and for 2-4 players. It costs £15 or so from most good toy stores. 

Nutty Putty 

Published October 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I never understand why kids seem fascinated by squishy squashy stuff, be it slime or dough, my kids seem to love the soft stuff. 

Nutty Putty is shapeable, bendable putty, made from silicone. It’s totally safe for kids being non toxic and even gluten free. 

It comes as air clay and can even be baked.


Our air dry clay pack is really unusual as the clay comes white and colourless. It comes with special dye in little pots.


What we had to do was add a little dye to bits of pulled off clay, mound the clay and the dye will blend in and totally change the clay colour. 


There are only four small pots of dye, but if you use your imagination like Jordanna did, then it’s easy to create other colours, such as purple from red and blue. 

Once the clay is coloured, it can then be moulded into anything you wish. Izebella chose to create some mini monsters as it’s almost Halloween.

Our other kit is a crazy keyring bake set. With this one, the clay is shaped and then baked to set. We did find getting the key rings onto the creations really difficult, but still had fun making things like this. 


It’s squashy, squishy and totally mess free, even the dyes don’t stain hands. Visit Nutty putty to buy. 

Little Tikes Swim to me Puppy 

Published October 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Little Tikes are probably better known for their larger outdoor toys and ride on’s, but they also have a selection of smaller indoor toys too. Just like this adorable puppy.


This cute little dude comes with the goggles, a lead and its own little birth certificate.

Puppy needs batteries, he walks on the lead and walks alone. Who needs a real puppy when you can have this one?

  
 But the best thing about this puppy is that he also goes in water. He loves the water and will kick his legs as soon as his puppy sensors feel the water. I was really worried that putting the puppy in the water would ruin the batteries and stop him from working, after all batteries and water just don’t work together do they? I did not need to worry, because puppy works fine after being in the bath, and a bath full of foamy bubbles too. 

 

 I’m not sure if he’s meant for bubble bath, but he worked fine straight after. He wouldn’t turn off until his sensors were completely dry and so ends up walking off the wet around the bathroom, which Izebella finds hilarious. He is quickly dried off with a towel. His sensors are at the front, located under his collar and special button. It’s these that need to be dry or he will just keep on walking thinking he’s still in the water.


Izebella loves her new Swim to Me Puppy, she just couldn not wait to put him in the bath with her. I was really surprised that puppy was fine in the bath, despite it being full of bubbles. There was zero water inside the puppy device, it’s quite baffling how it works in the water as the battery compartment and cover seem the same as any other toy. 


Swim to me Puppy costs between £25-£30 at most toy stores.

Beautiful puzzles from Crocodile Creek 

Published October 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella loves doing jigsaws and puzzles and she’s really good and fast at doing them. She also loves anything considered girly, think fairies, castles, unicorns etc. So imagine her delight when she got a box of puzzles with many of her favourite themes on them.

Her new puzzles come from Crocodile Creek who are American based. They sell many unusual puzzles, games and toys and a large range of their items are available via Amazon.

What makes these puzzles stand out the most I think, is the boxes they come in. Just look how pretty this one is.


This one immediately caught my eye. It is a 36 piece floor puzzle with large puzzle pieces. Izebella found it quite easy but she loves the image so makes it over and over again. It is called the “Flower Princess” and retails around £10.00.

 

Equally as pretty is the Ballerina puzzle. Again the box stands out immediately. It isn’t the standard square or recatangle puzzle box and the colours are just so bold. The puzzles look almost vintage or retro. 


Finally a very special box, combining a princess puzzle and pop out playset with figures and a tower.

It’s the box upon a time princess palace set.  

This is just adorable as it’s so much more than just doing a jigsaw, and again Just look at the lovely (and very strong) box. This is not one of those puzzle boxes that will fall apart after a few weeks. 

All these figures are waiting inside to be played with, along with a castle tower. When finished playing it can all easily be stored back in the box. This costs slightly more than the floor puzzles above but little girls who love princesses will love this.


These puzzles were sent to us via Bertoy.

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